Seymour Shifrin: Vocal Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL504     Release Date: 2011-05-15
The University of California at Berkeley Chorus and Orchestra; Roger Patterson, tenor; Allen Shearer, baritone; Michael Senturia, director; Christine Whittlesey, soprano; Robert Levin, piano

While finding my own way I should not like to give up anything that has ever been won in the way of subtlety, richness and complexity; yet I retain a taste for the simple and the vernacular. The qualities I value in music have to do with strong intent, the interaction of the small and the large and the will to make whole what seems disparate. What I hope continues to evolve in try work is a highly infected, pliable, elegant language.
                                                                      —Seymour Shifrin
Seymour Shifrin (1926-1979) was born in New York City and educated at the High School of Music and Art and at Columbia University; his most infuential teachers were William Schuman, Otto Luening and Darius Milhaud. He taught for many years at the University of California at Berkeley and was Professor of Music at Brandeis University. His commissions include those from the Koussevitzky Foundation, the League of Composers—ISCM, the Fine Arts Foundation, the Fromm Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He received the Bearns Prize, the Copley Award, the Horblit Award and Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships.


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Chronicles: Part I - Chronicles 1: 1,2,3
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Chronicles: Part II - Chronicles 22: 7,8,9,10; Isaiah 60
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Chronicles: Part III - Isaiah 55: 1,12,13
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Chronicles: Part IV - Job 10: 1,3,4,5,6,8,20,21
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Chronicles: Part V - Job 28: 7,8,12,14,15; Job 33: 15,16,17
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Three Songs: Spring and Fall
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Three Songs: No Second Troy
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Three Songs: The Cat and the Moon
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Five Songs: Sonnet LX
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Five Songs: White Flowers
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Five Songs: The Pool
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Five Songs: Anacreontike
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Five Songs: Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet XXXIX
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